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single image is never going to change theworld,” 42-year-old Wang Chih Hong statesin Chinese.For the past decade though, he does seemto be trying to change the world, not throughphotography, but through the humanitarianwork that he has managed to fit into hisschedule wherever he has ventured withhis cameras.“At the end of the day, I’m just trying helpsomeone in need within my capacity andwork,” he replies modestly in English, alanguage he has acquired “on the streets”.English is crucial to his work at RhythmsMonthly, a magazine published by Tzu ChiFoundation, the largest Chinese humanitarianorganization in the world. How else is hegoing to communicate with contributorslike Magnum photographer Abbas, UNsecretary Kofi Annan or former Soviet Unionpresident Mikhail Gorbachev?Bamiyan, 1998His main objective was to deliver one tonof antibiotics and medical supplies toAfghanistan with aid workers from Tzu Chi.But at Bamiyan where two gigantic statuesof Buddha from the 2nd to 5th centurystood, it was the photographer in WangChih Hong who emerged.However, a Chinese photographer walkingaround Bamiyan was a magnet for theclamorous kids. Wherever he pointed hislens, the kids would get into his view,making photography impossible.“Do you need help?” an angelic voice
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